‘I played the game in the right spirit’
Shantakumaran Sreesanth, who was arrested May 16 for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League
matches, was released on bail June 11.
Out on bail June 11 after spending 27 days in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, tainted India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth pleaded innocence in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case.
‘I always gave my heart and soul for the game,’ he said at a press
conference. ‘I believe in the Indian judiciary and I am sure my inno-
cence will be proved. I will abide by the due process of law.’
Sreesanth thanked fans and supporters who stood by him.
‘I don’t want to forget this (episode),’ he said. ‘I am very happy and
relieved. God has been kind to me. I must thank God first and then
my fans, family, friends, lawyer and all well-wishers who stood by me
during this testing time.’
Sreesanth’s Rajasthan Royals teammate Ankeet Chavan was also
released on bail. The third arrested Royal’s player, Ajit Chandila, has
not applied for bail yet.
The three were arrested May 16, along with 11 bookies, and charged
under the Indian Penal Code’s Sections 420 and 120B, which deal
with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
Chavan, who was out on bail for a week earlier this month to marry
his childhood sweetheart Neha Sambari, said he was hoping to get a
‘positive’ verdict from the judiciary and resume his cricketing career.
‘I have always given my 100 percent, always played my cricket with
passion. I can’t wait to start my career and my cricket again,’ he said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s anti-corruption and
security unit chief Ravi Sawani, who is investigating the charges
against the three players, submitted his report to the board June 10.
The trio will now depose before a commission.
— Press Trust of India
Indian cricket board’s
operation clean up
The Board of Control for Cricket in India suspended Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra June 9, weeks
after his name surfaced in the Indian
Premier League betting scandal.
He is the second team official — after former BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law
and Chennai Super Kings team principal
Gurunath Meiyappan — to be suspended
from the IPL.
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI’s interim
head, presented a 12-point plan to restore
the game’s reputation following the recent
The board confirmed that a panel comprising senior judges would investigate the
charges against Meiyappan and Kundra.
‘Our focus is on saving the reputation of
the IPL from plummeting further.’ Dalmiya
said. He said the board had also considered
‘removal of sleaze, no cheerleaders and no
after-match parties for the players.’
Players will be prohibited from accepting
gifts, he said.
Other steps included a strict code of conduct for players, support staff and franchise
owners, restriction of movement in
dugouts and dressing rooms, and the
requirement for players and support staff
to furnish their telephone numbers with
the BCCI before the tournament.
Dalmiya also proposed the posting of
adequate number of anti-corruption and
security unit officials at team hotels and
grounds, and the jamming of cellphones
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Raj Kundra, right, with his wife Shilpa Shetty. Kundra was
suspended as the owner of the Rajasthan Royals after his name
surfaced in the betting scandal. He is the second team owner to
get the boot after former BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law
Gurunath Meiyappan, left, resigned as the Chennai Super Kings
team principal a few weeks ago.
into with any person or organization. Players will not
be allowed to use microphones or ear plugs during
matches, and franchises will have to furnish details of
players’ remunerations and contractual obligations.
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